SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Osinbajo to chair forum on Economic Recovery Plan
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to chair an Economic Recovery Plan forum on Monday, 6 February in Abuja.
The Plan is expected to be formally launched by President Mohammadu Buhari within the month. A release signed by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Akpandem James, explained that the forum is part of efforts towards carrying the critical sectors along and ensuring successful development of the Economic Recovery Plan. Read more
Support for Boko Haram is crime against humanity- Shettima
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has said that individuals and groups of people having “negative links and evidences” to Boko Haram are to face the wrath of law.
The governor gave the order in a video clip made available to journalists yesterday at the Government House, Maiduguri. Read more
TuFace protest may lead to breakdown of law and order, death – Police
The Nigeria Police Force has given reasons why popular Afro-Pop artiste, Innocent Idibia (a.k.a Tuface) and others must halt their planned protests. Earlier in the week, Tuface had called for the support of his fans and colleagues via his social media platforms to join his march against the crippling economic state of the nation. The protest is slated for February 5th and 6, 2017. Read more
Arms seizure: Why security agents have questions to answer
THE recent arrest of a container carrying high calibre arms by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, in Lagos, has raised questions about the role of security agencies and other agencies in the ports, who were saddled with the responsibility of inspecting imported goods. It was learnt that apart from the seven authorised inspecting agencies at the ports, no fewer than 15 operate at the various ports-a situation industry operators said had been instrumental to the indiscriminate clearing of harmful goods. Read more
Leveraging on Trade Facilitation to Grow Nigeria’s Economy
Nigeria took a major step in its commitment to improve ease of doing business through trade facilitation on January 20 2017, when it submitted the instrument of acceptance of World Trade Organisation’s Protocol on Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on the sideline of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Read more
Tobacco Consumption: Why Taxation Over-taxation Could be Counter-productive
Nigeria is in recession and uncertainties continue to dogg the country as government desperately seeks ways to pull the nation out of its economic difficulties. The price of oil, which accounts for 70 percent of government revenues and 95 percent of foreign exchange earnings, has been on a downward spiral since 2015 with inflation reaching new heights. Read more
How African Union Leadership Positions Eluded Nigeria
The election of officials of the African Union Commission has come and gone with Nigeria losing the last foothold it had owing to lack of preparation and nepotism which has come to be a common denominator in the present polity.
One wonders why highly placed officials rather than place the interest of Nigeria first, prefer to want control and would rather the country lost sensitive positions than it going to anyone outside their sphere of influence, region or even family. Read more
FRC: Obazee Has Lots of Fences to Mend
Every Christian, including the most nominal ones, knows this passage by rote. The erstwhile Executive Secretary, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Jim Obazee, who was reported to be a pastor, has no doubt preached the passage hundreds of times. Yet, he fell into the trap every person of faith avoids like a plague. He touched God’s anointed; he engineered the removal of the most revered religious figure in Nigeria, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), through his vilified Corporate Governance Code, which specified tenure for religious leaders, among other controversial provisions. Read more
Portugal Reopens Consular Office in Lagos
History was made last Tuesday when the Portugal Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr António Pedro da Vinha Rodrigues da Silva and other representatives of Portugal stormed the CBC Towers ,Lekki, Lagos State for the official lunch of Five Thousand Miles initiative and the Office of the Consular for Portugal in Lagos. While declaring the place opened the Ambassador re-affirmed his country quest to tighten the bond between Nigeria and Portugal to enable a business friendly environment inspite the current economic recession. Read more
Nkanu East Residents Laud Ugwuanyi’s ‘Rescue Mission’ in Communities
Residents of communities in Nkanu East, one of the 17 local government areas in Enugu State, have described the construction of a bridge across the Inyaba River as a testament to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s visionary leadership.
Describing the project as a “rescue mission”, the chairman of Nkanu East Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechukwu Ubagu, noted that the bridge would create an easier access route for residents of the many villages often cut off from their kith and kin whenever there is resultant flood from rainfall. Read more
EFCC re-arraigns Atewe, Akpobolokemi over N8.5b alleged fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday re-arraigned Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe and three others before a Federal High Court, Lagos over N8.5 billion alleged fraud.
Atewe is charged alongside the former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, and two other staff, Kime Engonzu and Josephine Otuaga. Read more
Expert lists ways of averting building collapse
The Director General, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof Danladi Matawal, yesterday, explained the role of the agency in halting the trend of building collapses in the country.
Receiving members of House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, led by their chairman, Mr. Beni Lar, who were on oversight visit, Matawal said the agency has been aggressive in recent years, in conducting researchers aimed at institutionalising contemporary techniques of constructions. Read more
Residents cry out as strange religious sect terrorises Ogun communities
RESIDENTS and community leaders in Pavilion Estate in Ota area of Ogun State have cried out following alleged attacks by a strange Islamic sect led by one Alfa Yisa aka Allahu ‘Kamoli.’ It was learnt that the sect doesn’t have a mosque or worship in any mosque, but instead drink the bath water of their leader for healing. The religious sect was also accused of churning out hate messages against community leaders through open preachings. The community, it was learnt, had warned a landlord who hosted the sect members to send them away to no avail. Read more
Dickson seeks joint effort to check insecurity
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has vowed that the provision of economic opportunities and infrastructural development by political leaders remain the only panacea to the lingering insecurity issues in the country. He therefore called for a joint and sustainable development effort from the political leadership to check insecurity in the country.
The governor, who spoke in Yenagoa, also stressed the need for collaborative efforts in tackling the challenges of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country for the enthronement of lasting peace and stability. Read more
CCII urges more awareness on cancer management
The Children with Cancer Intervention Initiative (CCII) has urged government at all levels to begin to do an appraisal of the level of awareness amongst the citizens with the objective of increasing the quantity and quality of information on the disease.
The coordinator of CCII Global, Honour Onyebuchukwu who made call in Lagos said lack of awareness has been discovered as responsible for most of the other shortcomings in the area of cancer management. Read more
In Badia, condoms are taboo
IN the red light district of Badia, in downtown Lagos, sex workers as young as 14, trying to eke a living, by making money to survive, entertain around five clients a day. Series of photographs taken in the slums of Lagos and published by the Daily Mail shows the faces of sex workers living in squalid conditions. But they are unwittingly selling something else to unwary clients – HIV. Read more
$174 million ADB loan: National Assembly queries Fashola over sudden change in TCN leadership
The National Assembly is worried about the brewing crisis over the sudden change in the leadership of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in fulfillment of the conditions to obtain the $174 million loan granted a year ago by the African Development Bank (ADB).
The loan, which is being sought to tackle the country’s power sector crisis, has as major condition the fact that ADB experts would run the TCN, which has been managing the national grid. Read more
New eye drops melt cataracts
Scientists in California have discovered that the naturally occurring steroid lanosterol is able to melt away cataracts and prevent them from returning when administered to patients via eye drops. If approved for human use, the compound would be available as a non-invasive treatment for individuals with moderate forms of cataracts. Read more
How we killed Custom officer in Lagos—Suspects
When the lifeless body of an Assistant Superintendent of Custom, ASC, Aliyu Adamu, was found with bullet wounds at a spot close to the Tin-Can Island Port, Second Gate, on Thursday December 22, 2016, many thought that the middle-aged officer may have been assassinated, given the sensitive nature of his position at the Nigeria Customs Service. Read more
‘Senate working to reposition transport sector’
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate is presently working on critical legislation to reposition the nation’s transportation sector.
Saraki disclosed this when the National Executive Committee of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), led by its National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq visited him in Abuja. Read more
Drama as Anyim accuses Reps panel of bias over Centenary City probe
There was a mild drama yesterday as former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, accused the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Herman Hembe of bias over the probe of the controversial Centenary City project.
Anyim who coordinated the project when he served as the Secretary to the Government of the federation (SGF) wondered why the lawmakers dabbled into the issue even when it was trite knowledge that the Senate had already probed into the issue. Read more
Ondo council boss slumps, dies
The Chairman of Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State, Mr. Agunola Omomowo, yesterday slumped and died in Akure, the state capital. He was aged 61.
It was gathered that Omomowo died after attending a political meeting that lasted for hours. Read more
FG, UBA reiterate commitment to develope creative industry
The business community temporarily took over Nollywood last Sunday night as a new web-series, ‘Our Best Friend’s Wedding’, produced by REDTV, a dynamic online lifestyle channel that puts the spotlight on Africa with a distinct global appeal premiered to wild applause at Imax Film House, Lekki, Lagos. Read more
APGA National Chairman urges prayers for Buhari’s recovery
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye has called on Nigerians to pray for President Buhari to recover from ill health and return home safely, so as to continue with the business of governing the country.
Oye said God sent Buhari at this critical time to rebuild the nation and he is doing his best, stressing that he needs the support of the people to transform the nation. Read more
You are insulting Ndigbo, MASSOB tells Obiano, Okorocha
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday described the ongoing verbal war between Governors Willie Obiano and Rochas Okorocha of Anambra and Imo states, respectively, as an insult on Ndigbo.
MASSOB said the bitter exchange of words over their alleged failures as governors in their respective states was an indication of how much they cared about the people who voted them to power, stressing that such has given them out as people who never prepared for leadership. Read more
Labour leaders blast FG over Magu, Lawal
Reacting, President of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said: “If the President has re-forwarded the name of the EFCC acting chairman for confirmation after he was rejected by the Senate, and he has allegedly cleared the Secretary to the Government of the Federal, SGF, Mr. Babachir Lawal, of corruption, he may have his reasons. Read more
Arewa leaders agree to mediate between herdsmen and warring communities
Worried about the constant Fulani herdsmen attacks and killings in the north, Arewa leaders have expressed plans to mediate between the inhabitants of warring communities and the gunmen in order to put an end to the escalating feud in the region.
The northern leaders, under the umbrella of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), at a meeting chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, lampooned the Federal Government over poor infrastructure and power supply across the country that continued to undermine the nation’s development and growth. Read more
FG appoints Mohammed as TCN interim MD
Barely two days after staff of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) protested against proposed replacement of its managing director, Atiku Abubakar, the Federal Government has approved the appointment of Usman Gur Mohammed as its interim Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer for a period of 12 months.
The TCN, under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association and Allied Electricity Companies (SSAAEC) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), had on Wednesday disrupted office activities, protested against the alleged attempt by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to remove Abubakar. Read more
Nigeria targets 10% biofuel inclusion in petroleum products
There are indications that Nigeria may reduce the import of its petroleum products by 10% when a policy on biofuel becomes operational, the Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Victor Shirok, has said.
Speaking ahead of a stakeholders workshop scheduled for next Tuesday in Abuja, the PPPRA Executive Secretary said the policy, which is awaiting final ratification of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would spell out production, pricing and regulatory framework for biofuels consumption in the country. Read more
Tribunal chair cautions PDP counsel against guiding witness
Chairman of the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, yesterday, cautioned the counsels of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against guiding their witnesses while in the witness box in ongoing appearance of witnesses to authenticate the party’s claim that the September 28, last year governorship election was manipulated.
Badamasi gave this caution when a PDP witness Omoruyi Edonaye was under cross-examination from counsels to the respondents and there were attempts to guide him. Read more
Exclusive: Indomitable Lions Can’t Stop Super Eagles World Cup Dream – Rohr
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr says the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon don’t have what it takes to stop Nigeria from actualizing their World Cup dream despite their impressive run at the AFCON 2017.
Nigeria is top of group B with six points, having defeated Zambia 2-1 and Algeria 3-1 in their opening two group matches. They face a very tough tie against Cameroon on August 28 in Uyo, a match that could determine the fate of the two teams. Read more
FC Porto include Chidozie in Champions League squad
Portuguese giants FC Porto have included Nigeria defender Chidozie Awaziem in their updated UEFA Champions League squad, although, the youngster have only been included in the B list.
Awaziem, 20, has been added to the roaster by the former European champions ahead of the start of the knockout stages of the competition. Read more
Iheanacho excluded from Man City’s UCL squad
Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho has been dropped from his Manchester City side’s 21-man squad ahead of the start of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout stage, which starts later this month.
Iheanacho was dropped from the A-list by the club to the B-list of the UCL though he could still featurein the competition. Registering Iheanacho as a B-List player creates an extra A-List spot for manager Pep Guardiola since he is eligible to play in all Champions League matches as a B-list player. Read more
United’s summer targets could take club back to glory days
As reported by The Daily Mail, Manchester United are ready to do their summer business early and are hoping to land the top two targets on Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish-list.
What’s the story?
Despite not making a single signing in the January transfer window, it appears Manchester United have been busy behind the scenes looking to deliver big names this summer. Read more
Antonio Conte issues warning to Chelsea squad: I was shocked about this
Conte’s men collapsed at the Emirates, conceding three goals inside 40 miserable minutes.
The painful memories of the game still haunt the Italian ahead of today’s Stamford Bridge rematch, even though it proved to be the turning point in their season and Conte’s reign. Read more
RANSFER NEWS: BAYERN MUNICH REKINDLE INTEREST IN TOTTENHAM FORWARD DELE ALLI
Bayern Munich have reportedly rekindled their interest in Tottenham sensation Dele Alli, who is also a priority target for Barcelona and Real Madrid
The Times are reporting that Bayern Munich are back in for Tottenham sensation Dele Alli. The English international had been on the Bavarians’ radar for a while before the links took a backseat. But now, Bayern Munich are eyeing a summer swoop for the attacker. But so are Barcelona, Real Madrid and several others. Read more
TRANSFER NEWS: BARCELONA ENTER CHASE FOR AJAX STRIKER KASPER DOLBERG
Barcelona have reportedly joined Manchester United and others in the race to sign highly-rated Danish international Kasper Dolberg, who currently plays for Ajax
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Barcelona are interested in Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg. The youngster has been linked, primarily to Manchester United while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have also been credited with interest. And it looks like the Catalans are the latest to join the list. Read more
Defense Sec. Mattis says no need for dramatic US military moves in South China Sea
U.S. DEFENSE Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday played down any need for major U.S. military moves in the South China Sea to contend with China’s assertive behavior, even as he sharply criticized Beijing for “shredding the trust of nations in the region.”
“At this time, we do not see any need for dramatic military moves at all,” Mattis told a news conference in Tokyo, stressing that the focus should be on diplomacy. Read more
Donald Trump’s Pick for Army Secretary, Vincent Viola, Withdraws
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the army withdrew his name from consideration late Friday, becoming the Trump administration’s first high-profile designate to drop out of the confirmation process. Read more
US judge temporarily blocks Donald Trump’s travel ban
A judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. He acted after Washington state and Minnesota urged a nationwide hold on the executive order that has launched legal battles across the country. Read more
China official says U.S. should stop using Dalai Lama to stir trouble – state media
The United States should stop using the Dalai Lama to create trouble for China, a senior Chinese official in charge of Tibet affairs told an influential state-run newspaper.
It would bring no benefit to the U.S. but damage Sino-U.S. ties instead, the Global Times reported late Friday, citing Zhu Weiqun, head of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top advisory body to China’s parliament. Read more
Texas high school math teacher pleads GUILTY to engaging in sexual activity with two 17-year-old students
A former teacher at a Texas school pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of an improper relationship with a student.
Haeli Way, 29, had been arrested in December 2015 after allegedly engaging in sexual activity with two 17-year-old boys. She was a teacher at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. Read more